Become a leader. Make a Difference.
The Vermont Leadership Series is a collaboration between the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont, the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, Green Mountain Self Advocates, and the Vermont Family Network. The goal of the Vermont Leadership Series is to train Vermonters with developmental disabilities, their family, and other community members, to become leaders in advocating and advancing the rights of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Each year approximately 20 new participants attend workshops that include presentations, panels, and interactive exercises illustrating the history and meaning of the disability rights movement. Those who attend learn about organizing for change, participating in media campaigns, and interactive exercises designed to strengthen critical leadership skills for the disability rights movement, including working in inclusive teams, speaking to lawmakers, and sharing one’s lived experience with disability through impactful stories. This series increases each budding leader's capacity to make Vermont a better place to live.